My Favourite Budget Brands

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Favourite budget brands

| My Favourite Budget Brands! | 

In my recent favourite high-end brands post, I mentioned how there's a wide variety of budget brands that offer amazing products. So for today's post, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite brands and my top products...

1) NYX //
I've never been disappointed by any NYX products, the quality of the products is probably the best out of all budget brands. I always recommend the Soft Matte Lip Creams as they're the best liquid lipsticks in my opinion! The feel very comfortable to wear and they apply easily. My favourite shade is 'Stockholm' - a gorgeous neutral shade!

Another lip favourite from NYX is their Butter Glosses. These are the best gloss formula I have in my collection and in fact, they're the only lip gloss I tend to reach for. They're very pigmented so I find that they last much longer than an average lipgloss, and on top of that, they're not sticky either. 

I've been smitten with NYX concealers ever since I picked up the HD Concealer a few months ago. This creamy concealer has quite a few similarities to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer so if you're on a budget then this is a great alternative. I recently bought the Full Coverage Concealer as my all-time favourite Catrice Camouflage ran out and I wanted to try something a little different. It has become a staple in my makeup bag as it covers spots well.

My last NYX favourite is their Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator. I usually mix this in with a matte foundation to achieve a radiant complexion, but an alternative function of this product is to apply it to the cheekbones to create 'the wet look' - paired with a red/berry in the Winter or a fuschia pink lipstick in the Spring and a champagne eyeshadow, this look can be worn at any time of the year and will transform the appearance of your skin to make it look healthy. 

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2) Ps Pro //
I first tried the Ps Pro range from Penneys/Primark a few months ago and I was blown away by how well each product performs. If you've been reading my blog for at least a year then you'll know how much I love the Mac Strobe Cream, but I found an even better alternative from the Penneys makeup range. Their Strobing Hydrating Primer provides the exact same function of adding dewiness to your complexion whilst also delivering a hydrated base for foundation application. To be honest they pretty much do the exact same thing and I've found myself reaching for this option more than the Mac offering. 

Two additions were welcomed to my makeup collection a few weeks ago: The Master Eye Palette and the Illuminating Concealer. The eyeshadow palette is an obvious replica of the renowned Mac palettes and some of the shades are quite similar to the Mac shadows I have in my collection. The burnt orange shade is similar to Texture from Mac, the bronze shade reminds me of Antiqued and the shimmery gold shade resembles Amber Lights. The Penneys shadows work well considering the €8 price tag - The pigmentation is excellent but the only problems I've encountered with them is that there's quite a bit of fallout and they're a little harder to blend out than my expensive eyeshadows. But €8 for 12 eyeshadows that work really well makes it definitely worth picking up in my opinion.

As for the concealer, this is a creamy illuminating concealer that's ideal for under the eyes and cream highlighting. I've tried a fair few of these types of concealers and this €3 product provides beautiful results that are similar to my more expensive concealers. 

Ps Pro Master Eye Palette

3) Catrice //
Catrice is a popular brand in the Irish blogging community and I'm glad that I jumped on this particular bandwagon. The standout product for me is without a shadow of a doubt their High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder. The cheap but cheerful baked highlighter is a pearlescent white shade that provides a high sheen finish to the skin. It's the best highlighter for photographs, particularly at night time because the flash will pick it up. The incredible pigmentation would lead you to believe that it's an expensive product but in fact, it only costs a mere fiver. 

A Catrice product that has stood the test of time and always has me coming back to it is the Camouflage Cream. I've repurchased this a countless number of times as the full coverage concealer covers bad blemishes as well as blemish scarring for just €3.50 a pot!

An underrated Catrice product is their Eyeshadow Stick in 'Copper & Paste'. These eyeshadow sticks don't get much recognition in the blogging industry but I adore them! They have great pigmentation, they blend easily and the copper shade of this particular one is right up my street - No surprise there! 

4) Sleek // 
Sleek products are housed in minimal fuss-free packaging that has a luxurious quality similar to that of Nars. My first Sleek product was the Brow Kit and to this day it remains to be one of my all-time favourite brow products. 

Sleek has a vast array of palettes available, from eyeshadow palettes to contour kits. One of my favourite palettes is the Sleek Face Form palette which contains a contour shade, a highlight shade and a blusher. It's an ideal palette for creating a natural everyday contour and the blush is the perfect shade for perking up tired, lacklustre skin. 

Another palette that is beloved in my collection is the Sleek Solstice palette, the best product you'll ever come across in the aisles of Boots. The intense pigment of some of the shades could temporarily blind the people around you the way the high beams of a car would - but sure isn't that what everyone looks for in a highlighter *wink wink* 

A recent addition to my makeup collection is the Matte Me liquid lipsticks. When first applied they're very creamy but they then set down to a matte finish. Exfoliation and lip balm is a fundamental step prior to application with these and if you neglect this step you'll be left with a patchy finish and a tight uncomfortable feeling - I learned the hard way *insert monkey with his hands over his eyes emoji* I have the shades Petal which is the perfect pink shade for Spring as well as Shabby Chic  which is a gorgeous mauve shade.

Shop My Sleek Favourites:

Sleek favourites

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Cliona xx

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